How to minimise risk through Responsible Sourcing

Ian Nicholson, Managing Director at Responsible Solutions discusses how to minimise risk through Responsible Sourcing ahead of CIRIA’s, Minimising Risk through Responsible Sourcing – A Handbook for the Construction Industry, launch event next week.   We’ve seen Responsible Sourcing gain momentum in the construction industry over the past 10 years, and it has now become […]

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Update: Conflict Minerals Regulation

The potential social impacts that lie in product supply chains have been gaining media attention over the past few years. Conflict Minerals, found in many products, most commonly in electronics such as phones and laptops, are particularly scrutinised. Conflict Minerals are: Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten, and Gold (3TG). They are often mined in areas controlled by […]

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Conflict Minerals in 2017 – What’s New?

It’s only February and so far this year the news feeds have been full of political comments referencing conflict minerals, with some suggested step-backs in progress as well as some tighter regulations. You’re not the only one that’s confused. So here we try and simplify what we know, what we don’t, and most importantly, what […]

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Ethical Sourcing: A Guide for Designers and Specifiers (v 2.0)

The sourcing of materials and products brings with it significant risks. Supply chains are often global and complex, with multiple tiers of different suppliers, which means that it is very difficult to gain traceability and transparency over the environmental and social impacts associated with a product. Without this transparency, ethical issues (including both environmental factors […]

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Circular Economy: What goes around, comes around

What is the Circular Economy? Quickly becoming the new ‘hot topic’ in sustainability, the circular economy is already being adopted in many industries, including fashion, automotive and construction. But there is still significant confusion around what the term actually means, and what constitutes as circular. Put simply, a circular economy is one that moves away […]

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Time to Reflect – October

As the end of October signalled the clocks moving back an hour, we used the time to reflect on all of the activity around ethical practices. October marked the 1st UK Anti-Slavery Day since the introduction of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and was celebrated throughout the UK with events, supplier seminars, dinners […]

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The dirty side of clean technology – the hidden realities of mineral supply chains

Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These four minerals are strongly linked to human exploitation, child labour and modern slavery, and for every gram of these minerals that is purchased, the armed militant groups that illegally control many of the mines are effectively being funded to carry out these human rights abuses.  Conflict minerals are a […]

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Progress in curbing the trade of conflict minerals

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2231_en.htm Minerals such as tantalum, tungsten and tin are widely used in a range of electronic goods like mobile phones and laptops here in the UK.  The trade of these minerals may be funding violent armed groups, who use their control over mines in certain areas to commit serious human rights abuses such as child labour, sexual violence […]

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Managing risk and enhancing reputation through responsible sourcing

  Responsible Solutions Ltd are once again very proud to be headline sponsors of the fifth APRES conference. “In collaboration with the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES), CIRIA are hosting the fifth APRES Conference ‘Managing risk and enhancing reputation through responsible sourcing’ which will take place on 24 November 2015 in London. Responsible sourcing […]

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